Fodor's Expert Review Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat

Playa Hermosa, 5 km (3 miles) north of Cruce in Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

You don't have to be on a yoga retreat to appreciate this nirvana of design, artistry, and natural beauty in a serene setting. Pranamar is an enchanting village of Balinese villas and bungalows built with hardwoods, bamboo, and thatch in a lush garden sloping down to a wide beach. Air-conditioning and ceiling fans keep all the villas cool. Garden and oceanfront bungalows have king-size beds, wide verandas with hammocks, and private garden showers. Two-story poolside villas encircle a Bali-style swimming pool, fed by a snaking river channel. Stepping stones across the pool take you to the Eyes of Buddha Restaurant, serving sublime seafood and organic, vegetarian fare, along with exotic fruit-juice medleys and healthy cocktails. Classic tropical cocktails, creative coffee concoctions, and delicious, but good-for-you desserts are also on the menu. The large, shaded yoga platform is open to ocean breezes with daily yoga sessions, as well as workshops. Rates include breakfast and one yoga class. The most blissful pose you strike here, though, may be stretched out on a lounge chair, watching the sun set over the sea.


  • gorgeous garden and beach setting
  • excellent restaurant
  • warm
  • friendly service
  • warm, friendly service
  • warm, friendly service and daily complimentary yoga classes


  • noisy children may not suit the serenity here
  • bumpy dirt road to get here


Service, Romantic, Green


Phones: -2640–0852


10 units
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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